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Planning in the Southern Tier

Map - High School Area and Edg-VH Road Corridor Region

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THE SOUTHERN TIER

Map - High School Area and Edg-VH Road Corridor Region

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC FIELDS (click below)

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COMMUNITY SERVICES (click below)

MVCS phasing plan - Jan 2020

AFFORDABLE HOUSING (click below)

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2017 EDGARTOWN-VINEYARD HAVEN ROAD CORRIDOR (click below)

2017 Corridor Study

TRAFFIC SAFETY IN THE CORRIDOR (click below)

Howard Stein Hudson report crop

Solar Bylaw Amendment Proposal

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The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom (Join Meeting), for discussion to amend Section 12.0 Solar Energy Systems to include Use of Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations as the town seeks Green Community Designation. This bylaw proposal will be considered on the 2020 Annual Town Meeting Warrant.

Green Community Poster

Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road

Howard Stein Hudson (HSH) has prepared this technical memorandum for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) to present both short- and long-term safety improvements that could be implemented at the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road crossing between Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) on the southern side of the road and the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS), and the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena on the northern side of the road.

Read the report

Read the report

Howard Stein Hudson cover

High School Track and Field

For more information, see sidebar. 

This application is being evaluated in context to the Study of the High School Area and Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road Corridor Region in Oak Bluffs -- Existing Land Uses and Regulations published March 8, 2017 and prepared for the Oak Bluffs Planning Board by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

Map - High School Area and Edg-VH Road Corridor Region

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Oak Bluffs is Going Green!

Oak Bluffs is working towards receiving a Green Community designation. For more information, click here

Public Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, February 6, 6:30 to 8pm
  • Thursday, March 5, 6:30 to 8pm
Green Communities Massachusetts map

The Menotomy Building

Application in front of the Planning Board that proposes to demolish and replace an existing mixed use building. The first floor is a restaurant seating 50+ with four apartments above on the second and third floors. For details, see sidebar.

14 Kennebec Ave.

Front of Menotomy Building

CWMP Public Information Meeting

A public information meeting with progress on the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) was held October 23, 2019. Please click on the letter at right or below to read a letter from OBPB Chairperson Ewell Hopkins.

Letter from Ewell Hopkins

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Housing Feasibility Study - September 2019

Feasibility study cover

Eversource: see sidebar

Eversource Site Pre-Development

eversource map pre development

Eversource Site Post-Development

eversource map post development

MA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Report

Community Resiliency By Design cover

Goodale's Pit (photo: David R. Foster)

Goodales Pit

Goodales Construction Company

EVERSOURCE in Oak Bluffs

Click here to read aMVTimes 2 15 2019 Opens in new windowpplication

Click here to read MV Times story

Eversource proposes to construct and operate an
Energy Storage System (ESS) totaling 14.7 megawatts at the company's Oak Bluffs Service Center located at 208 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.

Members

Ewell Hopkins, Chairperson
Term Expires: 2024

Erik Albert, Vice Chair
Term Expires: 2021

Mark Crossland
Term Expires: April 2022

Bill Cleary
Term Expires: 2023

JoJo Lambert
Term Expires: 2020

Handbook for Boards and Committees

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Powers and Duties

  • Prepare a comprehensive/master plan (MGL c 41 §81D)
  • Propose, review, hold hearings and make recommendations on zoning bylaw/ordinance changes (text and map)
  • Review and act on subdivisions - preliminary and definitive plans (MGL c. 41, § 81K-81GG)
  • Review and sign Approval Not Required (ANR) plans
  • May be a Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA)
  • Review and act on Site Plan Reviews/Approvals
  • May hire and supervise planner
  • Review and make recommendations to the ZBA (Special permits, comprehensive permits.)
  • Review and act on Scenic Road changes
  • Review and act on Repetitive Petitions
  • Initiate planning projects/plans
  • Review requests to remove property from MGL c. 61
  • May review and recommend capital improvements
  • Other duties as authorized by bylaw, charter

Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road Corridor Planning Initiative

Oak Bluffs is a cherished place, its southern region being the heart of Martha's Vineyard's three down-island towns, if not the entire Island community. This region, a mixture of public & non-profit services, and residential & commercial land uses faces strong development pressures. Few people are aware of the vast amounts of undeveloped land and the interests of current landowners to repurpose their existing developed parcels.

It is the goal of the Oak Bluffs Planning Board to bring an improved process of visioning and oversight to this critical segment of our town.

We invite you to review the recently adopted report of existing land uses and established regulations. This baseline of planning will serve to inform all future efforts in this segment of town. As defined in this report, for planning purposes, this segment of Oak Bluffs will be referred to as The Edgartown- Vineyard Haven Road Corridor.

Land Use and Regulations Report (PDF)

Downtown Streetscape 

Thank you for participating in the Streetscape public forums.  Below is the presentation from the final forum along with previous presentations and plans.

Feb 15 Phase Two Final Public Forum Presentation
Oct 26 Phase Two Public Forum Presentation 
Phase Two Plans
Streetscape Master Plan 

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